5 Points: Jacksonville’s Hidden Gem
Property manager, Cory McKibben, associate at Quest Real Estate, LLC marvels at the interest he is getting for real estate sales, property management and tenant placements in the 5 Points area. “It’s become a great place for people of all ages to live and lease space!” An eclectic neighborhood just beyond the shadow of downtown Jacksonville, the 5 Points area is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the city. There is a certain vibrancy unlike any other part of town, a palpable energy which emanates from the mix of old and new, and a diversity that is apparent even upon a casual stroll down Park Street. Spend an entire afternoon or an evening in 5 Points, and you just may find yourself wishing you too lived here.
5 Points is officially a district in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood. Residents here are as diverse as the visitors, ranging from young professionals living in apartments along Riverside Avenue and St. John’s, to the more established, affluent families residing in quiet streets lined with majestic live oak trees. This is an extremely pedestrian-friendly area, where folks walk their dogs, jog, and take an evening stroll for coffee and dinner. The hipster crowd comes out at night, sporting beards and fashionable tattoos, rubbing elbows with folks in khakis and Polo shirts, and the crowds blend and overlap together in a fusion which makes this part of town so special.
Dining, Bars & Nightlife
5 Points is now a major entertainment and dining destination rivaling the Beaches, and offering a wide selection of choices for every appetite. Aside from the variety, the best part is that fun-seekers can park and walk to an abundance of restaurants and bars. Whether you are in the mood for a casual lunch an elegant dinner or bar hopping, 5 Points is rich with choices.
The Black Sheep, a remarkable restaurant offering an upscale environment with varied cuisine and an upstairs roof-top area with panoramic views of the city, started the 5 Points momentum in 2011. Two years later Hawkers, a flavorful Asian tapas restaurant, opened and 5 Points officially tipped as a place to be in Jacksonville. The unofficial front door, at the corner of Park & Post streets, Hawkers has food from all parts of Asia along with a great selection of wine & beer with liquor coming soon in their upcoming expansion. Mossfire Grill is the old timer here and a local legend, with a varied menu of southwestern food, fantastic service, and great drinks. Another local favorite is Corner Taco, a food truck turned restaurant, serving some of the city’s best gourmet tacos. Derby on Park offers delicious burgers and chicken dishes. In the winter time, the semi-enclosed outside area includes a fireplace, and the atmosphere is intimate and romantic. For casual dining, there are several seafood restaurants and Sushi places to choose among. Hovan, another local favorite is a Mediterranean restaurant with the best Gyros in Jacksonville. 5 Points Tavern is a neighborhood restaurant with a rustic, chef-curated menu offering full bar and seasonal tastes. River & Post has a full menu of American cuisine and is the latest establishment to open in 5 Points. The restaurant is on the first floor and a spectacular rooftop bar with retractable roof has opened on the building’s 10th floor.
The twenty-something crowd flocks to Rain Dogs and Ale Wife to drink craft beer and listen to live music. After 11:00 at night, these places really hop, with folks lined up three deep at the bar, and great bands rocking the back room. Expect tattoos, beards, and man-buns, along with good music and cold beer. Hoptinger offers another rooftop in the heart of 5 Points. College students and young professionals frequent this bar. Birdies is an eclectic bar, which changes in atmosphere depending on the time of day. For those looking for the perfect dive bar, the Wall Street is a 5 Points tradition.
Shopping is always fun on a sunny afternoon, and 5 Points has a great mix of shops and boutiques for almost every taste. Looking for that perfect, unusual gift? There are antique stores like Fans and Stoves that carry antiques and jewelry, with winding isles and ever-changing inventory. Shopping here is an act of discovery, for one never knows what undiscovered treasures lay within the walls. Down the road, there are upscale fashion stores, and clothing stores catering to discerning tastes. Wolfgang, a women & men’s clothing store, has unique clothes and accessories in a range of prices. Midnight Sun is a wonderful bohemian shop, offering gemstones, original jewelry, art, and funky sculptures, the air inside rich with incense, the walls adorned with colorful tapestries. Edge City, a hip women’s clothing boutique on Park St. has seen the many evolutions of 5 Points during its 40 years, yet remains on the cutting edge. Underneath the Fuller Warren Bridge, the Riverside Arts Market is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., rain or shine. RAM features a variety of small businesses, everything from artists to farmers to makers and bakers.
Memorial Park, set directly on the river, with a spacious grassy field bordered with a circular sidewalk, offers great views of the St. Johns. On weekends locals lay out on blankets for picnics, play Frisbee, or drink coffee on one of numerous benches while the sun sparkles on the waves. Riverside Park, a wonderful park at the entrance to 5 Points on Park Street has a duck pond, swing sets for kids and vast open space for everyone.
Fitness enthusiasts, have multiple health clubs in the 5 Points vicinity, with the Winston Family YMCA just down the road on Riverside Avenue. This YMCA was recently renovated, and it is one of the nicest fitness facilities in the entire state. There are two indoor swimming pools, basketball courts, and a sprawling second-floor area dedicated to free-weights and machines. Work out or run on the indoor track and take in the spectacular view of the river.
Culture? There is something for everyone at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens that showcases 5,000 works of art from all eras. The riverfront site is surrounded by gardens.
Sun Ray is one of the coolest movie theaters in the city. They show new movies and also short-run independent films. The best part about this place, aside from the retro feel, is that customers can order food, beer and wine before the film begins, and then eat and drink while the action begins.
Hair salons are sprinkled throughout the area. Hawthorne is one of the most contemporary and cool hair salons in the city while another, Redfield’s salon, caters to the higher-end clientele.
Owen’s Drug Store is another institution of 5 Points. This friendly apothecary has all modern offerings of chain pharmacy, yet it’s in a retro space and even offers home delivery.
Why live in Five Points?
People who visit 5 Points fall in love with the vibe. The unique mix of bohemia and history is unlike anywhere in Jacksonville. For those seeking refuge from urban sprawl and cookie-cutter neighborhoods, 5 Points and the surrounding area is the perfect place to land. Jacksonville is a city on the rise, and 5 Points is one of the best areas of town to both invest and to live. Quest Real Estate, McKibben’s real estate sales & property management company, can find an ideal buyer or tenant for a homeowner wanting to sell or lease a home with a listing, management agreement or a tenant placement contract. First time visitors often say, “there’s something in the air here,” and they’re right. In the spring, it’s the scent of flowers, at night the sound of music, and every day it is feeling of good things to come.